Brewed by Brasserie à Vapeur
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
9%vol. 33, 75 and 150cl Beer very amber in color, strong, nose fruity and delicate, soft and round with the palate; slightly hopped but correctly spiced (roasted chicory, coriander, and sweet orange peel, among other ingredients). Bottle fermented and complex. On the Port-y side fresh. Spiced distinctly with orange, corriander and chicory. Should cellar nicely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1433) - BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2013
Superbe bière pour un aspect très particulier sur lequel nous allons nous expliquer. D’abord à la lecture de l’étiquette, nous focalisons sur les 9 % abv , qui incitent au respect.Bière sur lie bien entendu, naturelle toujours à la brasserie à vapeur, et comme on dit maintenant « au goût évolutif ». Quoi de plus normal … Coloris particulier roux foncé (et non pas ambrée comme dit le brasseur), très proche de certaines kriek. Clarté trouble parce que la levure s’incorpore au versage (grande pression). Bulles fines mais pas très nombreuses. Mousse beige qui tient à 3 mm , assez jolie. Arômes de vinaigre de vin, lie de vin, fût de grand chai, orval. 1ère bouche soyeuse sur du pruneau, des fruits confits, et surtout un très bel ensemble équilibré en arrière-bouche. 2ème bouche sur du trèfle humide, de la chicorée fraîche et une pointe de cerise à kriek, avec du zeste d’orange. 3ème bouche nettement sur l’orval, avec cette amertume très spécifique et une superbe arrière-bouche. La longueur montre cet aspect particulier auquel je faisais allusion au début de ma critique, parce que nous sommes avec une orval en puissance. Chaque gorgée en remet une couche. La levure confirme cette magnifique impression, avec toutes les qualités d’une grande veine. Très beau. L’alcool ajoute vraiment à l’aspect particulier de cette proximité à l’orval, parce que l’orval ne fait jamais que 6,2 % abv. Très très très grande finale pleine de finesse, d’une amertume superbe et d’un équilibre prodigieux. Mon exemplaire était à date en août 2014. Donc on peut avoir de très bons résultats avec cette bière jeune, absolument superbe et 100 fois supérieure à la saison de Pipaix d’une tristesse infinie... Superbe bière.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneeuwwatje (6) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2013 does not count
one of the better belgian style beers!!! You realy need to drink this beer!!!! Super!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
Very tasty. I’m not sure if this is the same thing as ’Cochonnette,’ but it’s certainly much better than that beer’s ratings would indicate. Cidery, with a long finish. Lots of different flavors going on here. Minimal head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (397) - - FEB 3, 2014
January 29, 2014. 330mL bottle at beerbistro. Dark lovely beer. Touch of sourness. No lacing, but nice head that dissipated quickly. Touch of chocolate, stone fruits. Fantastic bottle label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Petite Vapeur.Ive had terrible and great beers from this brewery.This bottle was very good.Brown sugar, brandy, cocoa aroma.Murky brown appearance with fine carbonation.Mellow coffee caramel spicy flavors with orange zest finish.Lingering dryish licorice finish.I think this ale benefited from aging a year or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2004
What a creation! Deep amber. Topped with a spritzy dense head. Sour orange, vanilla bourbon, earthy bitterness and organic pepper. Mostly triple sec and orange creamcicle. Magnificent! Alcohol burn preceded by rusted iron and slight cardboard. This has had the chance to oxidize just slightly. However I’m sure it has done much to tame the burn and mellow the sourness. The sourness is the icing on this cake. Sour like orange rind. Excellent yeast. Nose as warms becomes chalky and dense yetmainly orange peel. Poweful G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Sour cherries, dates, walnuts, plums, soy, alcohol and rosewater in the woody, spicy aroma. Opaque amber-tan with decent, fine-bubbled, tan head that recedes to a persistent cover with some light lacing. Caramelized brown sugar, sour cherries, dough-like yeast, marzipan and vanilla all make appearances in the thick, round flavour with some very subtle barnyard character. Medium body with plenty of residual sweetness and moderate carbonation that is softly effervescent. Smooth and gentle in the mouth. I have to agree with muzzlehatch that this one seems to be very under-appreciated, or possibly very variable in quality. Tulip glass, cellar temp. Bottle (Cochonette, Half Time, Mar. 2005).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2005
33 cl bottle, bbe 2008? Dark red to light brown with an orange shine, very unusual but appealing colour; looks as if it were coloured with aged red fruit or so... Relatively hazy, unstable beige head composed of big bubbles, timid sparkling. Powerful vinous smell - muscat wine - which can be sensed from a distance of a streched arm, while evaluating the appearance. From a close distance, the nose is packed with thick jammy sweetness, fruitiness (gooseberries and strawberries?) and spiciness (coriander?). Just a bit too sweet. In the mouth, initially very round malty, followed by needle-sharp, teasing tartiness flowing into aromatic hops into very smooth and unassertive alcoholic warmth in the end. Liquorice floats around somewhere, too. Good body, refreshing palate, aromatic hoppy aftertaste. Lovely, lovely brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orangey amber with a huge, lacing tan head. Really complex sour aroma, barnyard, lemony, woody. Taste is somewhat sweeter, but still has the complexity promised by the nose as well as a dry, woody finish. Yoghurt. Way beyond expectations- almost like a slightly sweet version of Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
750 ml bottle from Logan’s Pre-GABF party. Call me crazy, but I thought this was great. Lots of malty aromas. Caramel, Molasses, Some spice. Flavors were similar, Dried Fruit even a bit of spice. Lots of stuff going on in this beer. A touch of sourness in the finish too. I liked it.

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